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Sunbirds: A Guide to the Sunbirds, Spiderhunters, Sugarbirds and Flowerpeckers of the World Hardcover – September 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300089406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300089400
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert A. Cheke is professor of tropical zoology and principal scientist at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom. Clive F. Mann is a teacher and lecturer in London.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought and read this book with enthusiasm because of my 35 years living and travelling in Africa, where sunbirds predominate. The illustrations are excellent and the text is as well. This is probably the most colorful of all the family books being issued by Yale, Princeton, and Oxford. Following Sibley and Monroe's DNA analysis, they have finally but the two African sugarbirds in the Sunbird family, with only generic status. They have previously been put as far away as Honeyeaters and Starlings. It would be lovely if the range maps could be put on the pages facing the illustrations, to help differentiate birds of similar appearance, but I guess this was not possible. The maps themselves are very good. Altogether, one of the best family books and a must for collectors.
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This family guide covers some of the world’s most colorful and energetic birds. They are some of the main pollinators and seed distributors of plants and flowers in the old world occupying the niche the hummingbirds fill in the new world.

The guide begins with a systematic list covering each family, subfamily, tribe and genera and continues with a section on the style and layout of the species accounts, topography of sunbirds and flowerpeckers, morphology (including some nice illustrations of tongue structures), relationships and taxonomy. A section on behavior illustrates some feeding and foraging behavior as well as courtship displays. Sections on breeding, distribution, parasites, mortality, physiology, migration, economic importance and conservation follow.

Richard Allen’s 48 plates cover all of the species in great color and rendition. Very detailed and large on the plates, none seem too crowded and often show favored flowers. Facing each plate are descriptions of the many plumages rendered for each species with male, female, juvenile and subspecies. Brief descriptions are given for each of the plumages.

Past the plates is the systematic section that begins with each family and subfamily with an introduction of each genera. Each member of the families is covered in great detail with information on identification, voice, distribution, habitat, status, movements, food, habits, breeding, a description for each plumage, geographical variation, measurements and references. Along with each species account is a large range map.

Overall this is an excellent guide to this group of birds. The taxonomy could use an update but so could almost every bird guide with evolution providing a constant change. The plates are very good and the information very thorough. The maps are only two tone and don’t show subspecies range which would be nice but there is no other guide that covers this wonderful group of birds so it’s worth getting and using.
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I have only one complaint with this volume--the organization of the illustrations is incomprehensible. It neither follows taxonomic sequence nor groups species by similarities of field marks. Other than that, however, this is an excellent book. The text is beautifully written and is rich both in detail and in breadth of knowledge. (The ecological roles of the species and their correlates in other birds families are exceptionally well handled.) The illustrations and discussions of the field marks are also outstanding.
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I got the book on time. I was so curious to read the book and completed in 2 days.

I love this book as this book provides the information about world's most important pollinating birds and seed dispersal flowerpeckers.
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